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Balaam

Balaam was a prophet in the Bible it is told
A man who God used but his inspiration he sold
He was very blest his prophesies were true
And his reputation was known in the land- right through

One day to his amazement there came from the south
Wealthy Princes on horseback, made him drool from the mouth
Seeing their gifts and hearing their pleading requests
He tried to portray dignity, the reply came with pompous breaths

"I will" he extruded holding his hands in holy poise,
"Make request to my God away from all this noise"
So to his room he hastened all the time thinking in his mind
Of that chariot with built in musician, a red one he was inclined.

God was very definite Do not go with them nor heed their appeals
Israel are my blest people, my special ones, those to whom I deal
So Balaam with long face came and relayed the reply
"Go back home again I'm forbidden to come, deeply he did sigh

The Princes departed with a clatter and cloud of dust,
The prancing horses and music made his heart lust
He stood and watched until they disappeared from sight
The lost of income and status did his heart bite

Then to his amazement but a few long weeks later
Another train was sighted his servants prepared and catered
The Princes had even more affluence, far above tradition
Their chariots had not one but two, stereo musicians

They came with an open cheque book, nothing was unreachable
With promises of great honour, a title was conceivable
But to his hollow credit he spoke the right words
He could say nothing but that which he had heard.

Blinded by lust he thought not to pass up this chance
He rushed inside to seek God, hoping to change his mind once
God saw what possessed him that Balaam should bother to plead
When he had already said no, God was very displeased

"Yes but only if they ask you again- and then only say
The words that I tell you -there is no other way"
God's message to him- Balaam gave some credence
But was already gone -before God finished his sentence

The next morning Balaam made ready without even heeding
The message to send them home and wait- to return with pleading
Ashamed of his practical reliable vehicle- his ten year old ass,
He made sure he fancied it up so it didn't appear so crass

He summoned both of his servants, they were all he could afford
Had them dress in his spare best clothes, no detail ignored
Then up on the ass he mounted- down the path he rode
Following the ostentatious procession of wealth that flowed

All traveled smoothly until the ass began to stray
It kept veering off the path, Balaam beat it to obey
Then to his consternation his foot crushed against a wall
He let out some loud expletives, then apologized to all

Balaam used his rod to beat him and made him walk again
Until he reached a narrow path an unturnable lane
The ass sat down refused to move, that made Balaam more irate
He kicked his ass, pulled and shoved, he was in quite a state

"You stupid ass, what's the matter with you", His two servants tried to pull
"I will beat you again- you worthless beast, you make me look a fool"
Perhaps he had had deep conversations with his mule before
And when the speech was over the donkey said "eee - aaw"

But this time he not think it strange -when he heard a mans' voice speaking
From his fallen dumb ass- the words they were proceeding
"Why have you three times beat me? what wrong have I done?
Balaam replied, “Because I am humiliated, because you wont run.

If I had a sharp sword in my hand -I would have killed you
So you had better hurry and decided what you will do"
Those standing by listening- mouth open- wide eyed,
Not believing what they heard when the ass then replied

"Have I not been good thus far- have I not your loads bore?
Have I ever treated you this way, or annoyed you this way before?
To Balaam's his darkened vision came an alarming sight
Standing in his pathway stood an angel in his might

With a sword in his hand ready -drawn to cleave asunder
The same fate Balaam promised his ass who from the path did wander
Balaam shocked at the sight, then fell down to the ground
Realizing that he was no better than his ass, seemed quite profound

Why did you beat your beast, why with words berated?
Had it not been for her -you would have been decapitated
Because your way is perverse I withstood you to your face
It would be better if you had not lived, gone without trace

Go now continue -but do not expect the victors' song
On your return empty handed -there will be no dancing throng
Just say the words I tell you, no more or no less
The words you will speak, will not Balak impress.

Although Balaam did follow the commandment of the Lord
He still hankered for the things Balak offered for reward
So to the king he sent a letter, words that did say
There is another option, there is another way

The only way to conquer is to make God angry with them
So entice them with idols and girls their affections to win
In a Las Vegas style spectacle with frolics and festivity
Send your most beautiful woman -use your creativity.

The result of the saga caused the deaths of many men
While Balaam enjoyed his rewards, basking in the glen
His unrighteousness gave him wealth, but the die then was cast
He would meet a gruesome end, no glory at the last.

The moral is this- be not determined to make your own choice
Be watchful, not distracted- listen carefully to God's voice.

27 July 2008

References:

Numbers 22 to 24 Read Online
Num 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

Deu 23:4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee. Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

Jos 13:22 Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.

2Pe 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Josephus's Account of Balaam- Antiquities of the Jews Book 4 Read chapter 6

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Stephen Share 2008

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